Honda Reports 20th Fatality Linked to Faulty Takata Airbags
Honda has issued a vehicle defect recall for about 900,000 Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if they not properly latched. According to a USA Today news report, the recall covers vehicles from the 2011-2017 model years and about 800,000 of these affected minivans were sold in the United States. Honda says it has received 46 reports of injuries related to these seat defects.
Honda officials say the Odyssey’s second-row seat may tip forward during moderate to heavy braking if it is not properly latched after adjusting it side-to-side or reinstalling a removed seat. The company is working on a way to repair the defect and says it will notify owners when a solution is available. The repairs will be made free of charge. Until then, Honda has put up instructions for properly latching the seat on its website for owners.
Danger of Faulty Seats
Poor or defective seat design could increase the severity of injuries that occur during a crash. Car seats could have a number of possible defects including weak seat backs that could collapse in a car accident, seat track failure and inadequate head rests. In the case of seat track failures, the locking mechanism that allows the seat to slide back and forth to help drivers set a position that is comfortable for them.
Seat back failures can cause catastrophic of even fatal injuries in a crash. It could, for example, cause the seat restraint system failure. Or it may cause occupants to get thrown toward the rear of the vehicle causing catastrophic spinal cord injuries. A front seat collapse could fatally injure rear seat passengers. This type of serious injury could even occur in a fender bender or low-speed accident.
Compensation for Victims
Automakers have a responsibility not only to make products that are safe, but also to recall defective vehicles and provide repairs in a timely manner. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a dangerous or defective auto or auto part, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, permanent injuries and pain and suffering. Families that have lost loved ones as a result of a defective auto may be able to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim as well. The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.